MOGADISHU, Somalia – Abdi Anshur Hassan, Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Technology, welcomed the 2Africa submarine cable initiative, which will be one of the largest submarine cable projects in the world that will interconnect Europe, the Middle East and 21 landings in 16 African countries.
The 2Africa cable is an initiative of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, STC, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC. Dalkom Somalia, which owns a landing station in Mogadishu, is one of the shareholders of WIOCC, and the CEO of Dalkom is the chairman of the board of directors of WIOCC.
The Minister thanked Dalkom Somalia for being part of this initiative which will not only bring new opportunities but will also provide redundant international connections as we seek continuity for businesses through an uninterrupted Internet connection.
“We are confident that better connectivity will help our growing digital economy and improve Internet services,” said the Minister, adding “As a government, we are committed to promoting competition and innovation in the Internet ICT by creating an environment conducive to investors. ”
According to Cable.co.uk’s Mobile Data Pricing 2020 report, Somalia is the 7th country in the world and the first country in Africa where the average cost of 1 GB of internet is the cheapest.
The minister finally urged the private sector to invest in the construction of a national backbone network project – through a public-private partnership – which will link the country via a terrestrial fiber network, which will allow online activities that require high-speed broadband Internet access, including the creation and use of online administration services.